There is something very smart about Buddhist-thinking.
(And frankly IMHO, can conceptually mesh very well with Judaism.)
Buddhists nobly accept that life is very much about suffering.
That greed and evil cause human suffering.
And that we need to reflect, repent, learn, and grow from this as human being with spiritual souls inside us.
Moreover, that we should have compassion on others, understanding their suffering, even as we experience or remember our own (may G-d have mercy).
This photo taken by at the DC Folk Festival captures well the suffering all around us.
At times, it seems that we are under attack from all sides.
But like the Buddha at the center, we must submit ourselves to our maker, endure and work to be at peace with ourselves and our surroundings--and to help others achieve the same.
Yes, maybe a lot easier said then done especially when we are in the throes of it all, but what a noble life we can live and go to the other side with, if we can but learn this. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)